Thursday, February 27, 2014

V-Reds Knot Series

Hockey is a funny game sometimes. A night after UNB dominated Saint Mary's only to lose in overtime the V-Reds and Huskies played a much more even game tonight at the AUC, only to have the Varsity Reds cruise to a relatively easy 5-2 victory. The best-of-5 semi-final series is now tied at one game apiece as the series shifts to Halifax for games 3 and 4 on Saturday and Sunday night. 

The Varsity Reds jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the 1st period thanks to 2 goals by Cam Braes (from MacNeil and Murray at 8:16 and then from MacNeil and Nesbitt at 18:25) sandwiched around a marker by Philippe Halley assisted by Desnoyers and Culligan at 10:57). Shots in the period were 9-5 for UNB.

The V-Reds made it a 4-0 game after Cameron Critchlow finished off a nice passing play with Desnoyers and Carroll at 6:01. The Huskies would get that one right back only 32 seconds later, but Nick MacNeil (Nesbitt, Cutting) restored the 4 goal lead at 16:26 as the teams headed into the 3rd period. Shots were 12-9 for UNB in the frame.

The final period was pretty uneventful for the most part as there were only 9 shots total (6 for Saint Mary's and 3 for UNB). Saint Mary's got what proved to be the final goal of the game on a power play at 8:44.

- UNB went with the same line-up as last night with Shea Kewin and Cam MacLise remaining out.

- Charles Lavigne picked up the win between the pipes.

- Final shots were 24-20 for the V-Reds.

- UNB went 0 for 3 on the power play while Saint Mary's was 1 for 5, with all of their opportunities in the 3rd period.

- MacNeil, Braes, and Desnoyers were the game's three stars.

- A skirmish with 11 seconds remaining in the game led to 56 penalty minutes, including 5 10-minute misconducts.

- Attendance was 2133.

- In the other AUS semi-final the Acadia Axemen took a 2-0 series lead after a 6-5 double overtime win over Moncton tonight in Wolfville. It capped a remarkable comeback for the Axemen, who trailed 5-2 with just under 7 minutes remaining in the game.